Whiplash – LFF Review

At the heart of Whiplash lies an uncomfortable truth, relentlessly hammered home with the force of a thousand drumbeats. To be truly great at anything you need to work till you bleed, work until you hate...

Hungry Hearts – LFF Review

Is it possible to love not too little but too well? This is the question posed by Saverio Costanzo’s incisive and inquisitive script that follows the battle of wills as Jude (Driver) and Mina (Rohrwacher)...

The Immortalists – LFF Review

It’s ironic that a film about living forever is so insufferable it makes you want to kill yourself. Sussberg and Alvarado openly laugh at the deluded follies of the oddball scientists trying to cure aging...

Leviathan – LFF Review

Zvyagintsev’s direction builds small character moments into a powerful story of corruption, betrayal and despair. This is Russia, and it’s not pretty. Farcical comedy clashes with the downtrodden hopes...

Phoenix – LFF Review

If you’ve got the cheek to basically rehash Vertigo in post-war Germany then the result better be good. This isn’t. Criminally devoid of drama or character developments, Petzold and Farocki’s script...

Love Is Strange – LFF Review

Authentic, genuine and affecting. In careers littered with big roles, Molina and Lithgow provide a masterclass. Their skill is evident in the subtle, gorgeous humanity they draw from their roles, baring souls...

War Book – LFF Review

You face a decision. You will kill millions. Or, you will watch the world burn around you. Sick to your guts you feel the cold dread of a desperately uncertain future. It’s time to decide. The premise...

Wild – LFF Review

We are all tiny dots of existence in this monstrous universe. Pinpricks of life just a breath away from ecstasy or demise. Hollywood's noticed. Travelogues are in vogue, with Hollywood stars escaping...

Kung Fu Jungle – LFF Review

Imagine CSI crossed with premium martial arts accompanied by mind bogglingly kinetic camerawork and you're halfway to reviewing this yourself. The story is a colour by numbers affair but the...

Madame Bovary – LFF Review

Madame Bovary is an eye-catching film which bypasses the novel’s dedication to realism instead revelling in contradictory but no less crucial romanticism. Andrij Parekj’s entrancing cinematography exudes...

Pasolini – LFF Review

A love letter from one provocauteur to another, written in dried blood and tired philosophy. Dafoe is assured as the controversial director, both in his tentative physicality and his soaring creative...

Listen Up Philip – LFF Review

Philip (Schwartzman) is the man you'll love to hate. Ike (Pryce) is the man he could become. They are both tortured, selfish literary geniuses and Moss, Ritter and de La Baume are the women who suffer for...

Shrew’s Nest – LFF Review

Shrew’s Nest is a shrieking bloody mess of a film that just about clings onto enough sanity to tell a compelling and sinister story. Montse (Gómez) is too afraid to leave her house and when an injured...

Dancing Arabs – LFF Review

Dancing Arabs’s greatest strength is the way it recognises and respects the painfully irreconcilable divide between opposing cultures – in this case Israel and Palestine. There is kindness and humanity...